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Kiosk owner caught with 39 cartons of contraband cigarettes

A Greek Cypriot kiosk owner was arrested by police on Monday for the possession of 39 cartons of contraband cigarettes with customs duties valued at €1,373.

The VV1 brand of cigarettes – which did not display the relative health warnings in Greek and Turkish — are believed to have been smuggled through from the north.

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The stash was discovered in Nicosia during a joint police and customs and excise operation.

The kiosk owner was released after paying a €6,000 fine.

The cigarettes were confiscated and are to be destroyed.

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